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TravelingMan
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access timemachine backup via Mint

Post by TravelingMan » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:06 am

I used to have a macbook, which I did a time machine back up onto an external HDD.

I sold the macbook, and only have an Ipad mini and an Iphone. neither any use in recovering the data on my backup.

I now use Linux, and following a post http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?s ... 3213342356 that explains how to do this, I am getting stuck at one point.

The .HFS+ Private Directory Data contains the pictures etc that I want to get to. and the path to that is

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media/douglas/My Backup/.HFS+ Private Directory Data


Furthermore the Dir No I want is dir_1727386. however whenever I try to change to that directory using the command

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/media/douglas/My Backup $ cd '/.HFS+ Private Directory Data/dir_1727386'
the result is

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bash: cd: /.HFS+-Private-Directory-Data/dir_1727386: No such file or directory
if I go back to the Private data directory I again get that it does not exist. Yet using the file manager I can see the directory. Even if I drag and drop the directory into the terminal and try to change into it, I get the same result.

Can anyone help please.

PS I used a bash script to extract all the files, but it stopped when it encountered a dir with read only permissisons.

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Re: access timemachine backup via Mint

Post by keithrboz » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:13 am

TimeMachine seems to use a series of links or sim-links.


Have you run:

sudo chown -R username:username /path/to/disk

on the whole disk.


I recall that I could read timemachine files but not delete them when I did this exercise.
Keith Bainbridge

keithrbauaptop@gmail.com

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Re: access timemachine backup via Mint

Post by TravelingMan » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:57 am

I beleive I did that a while ago, when I first tried this, and like you I gained only read access on some not all directories. Of course the ones I wanted in my 'home' directory were all read only, so I could not recover the pictures etc that I want.
It is certainly frustrating as all the commands appear correct and yet it still tells me the private directory does not exist.

Anyway thanks for the reply. I shall try that one again.

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Re: access timemachine backup via Mint

Post by Habitual » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:10 pm

Any other Macs around you?

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Re: access timemachine backup via Mint

Post by johnny9308 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:13 pm

In the text you pasted, you included a leading '/' character:

cd '/.HFS+ Private Directory Data/dir_1727386'

Try removing the '/' because as it is written, you are trying to enter that directory at the _root_ of the filesystem hierarchy, not as a relative directory.

For example, if I was trying to get to /home/username/pictures, I could do it in 3 steps:

cd /home
cd username
cd pictures

Or in one step:

cd /home/username/pictures

Or two steps:

cd /home/username
cd pictures

Note where the leading slash is needed and where it isn't needed.

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